The Top Five: Best Classic Christmas Songs

There are thousands of Christmas songs out there with more and more being made all the time. There are so many Christmas songs that it has become its own genre. 

But with so many it’s hard to find “good” Christmas songs, so I have put together five of my personal favorite Christmas songs.

5. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. This song was written in 1943, but it was sung by Judy Garland for the first time in the 1944 Christmas musical “Meet Me in St. Louis”. It’s a very calm and relaxing melody perfect for relaxing by the fire during the winter holidays. 

4. “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry. Written in 1958 this is a more peppy upbeat song. Unlike some of the other classical sounding Christmas songs, “Run Rudolph Run” is more in the style of classic rock. This lively and cheerful tune really brings out the holiday spirit.

3. “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” or “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin. Written in 1942 and sung by Bing Crosby. It was written for the musical “Holiday Inn” and won the musical an award for “Best Original Song”. 

2. “Silver Bells” by Jay Livingston. This song has a beautiful melody and is close to one of the only holiday songs I don’t mind hearing when Christmas music is being played way too early. Livingston said that “Silver Bells” was inspired by the silver bells that are used by Salvation Army Santas on the streets of New York. It’s a very harmonious and enjoyable song.

1. “You’re a Mean one Mr. Grinch” written by Dr. Seuss. This song was sung by Thurl Ravenscroft in 1966, and is first on my list for several reasons. From the classic Christmas movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” this song is a cute and funny little number that gives me nostalgia from my earliest Christmas celebrations. I love that movie and this song so I definitely recommend it. 

Hopefully you’ll be enjoying some of these classic Christmas songs over your winter break.

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